Flying high under the big top
ASPECIALLY designed circular stage, an 8m-high wheel made of three tonnes of steel and some of the world’s most accomplished performers are making their way to the Gold Coast for the world premiere of new big-top spectacle LumiAir.
The ‘‘cirque extraordinaire’’ will pitch its tent, capable of hosting up to 1600 people a performance, at Broadwater Parklands, in Southport, for 13 shows during the busy New Year period.
From high-voltage lightning acts to flying trapeze artists and aerial stars, the modern circus stars 45 performers handpicked from Australia and overseas.
LumiAir producer Gold Coaster Sue Porrett says the show has been in preproduction for 12 months, but the storyline has been with her for years.
‘‘The storyline is light enough so that the show is not story driven – we want people to relax and be entertained,’’ she says.
‘‘Our style of show is cirque, variety and dance, so it’s a real combination that covers all genres.’’
Porrett says LumiAir’s specially designed stage, currently being built in China, will bring audiences closer to the action than in most shows.
‘‘In normal corporate entertainment, you will see maybe one or two aerial acts in the air. In one of our numbers, we have seven – we’re filling the air with acrobats and bringing the air to life,’’ she says.
‘‘This is not like the other big-top shows. It’s a spectacular show that has some big elements.
‘‘The flying trapeze is amazing and there are special acts like the Wheel of Death and acrobatic group Odyssey, who were grand finalists on Australia’s Got Talent.’’
LumiAir’s storyline is based on Diamond, a young girl who lives in a dark place within herself.
Porrett says moments of colour entice Diamond from her sad existence into the kaleidoscopic world that is LumiAir.
‘‘She wants to leave this world but knows there must be something else out there. After a huge, dark opening, she is thrown away and left alone,’’ she says.
‘‘Then, when she sees colour on her skin for the first time, the stage erupts with colour and incredible visuals and inflatables. The rest of the show is about her journey of self discovery into a different world.’’
While the show’s foundation performers are locals, Porrett has added international spice to the line-up.
‘‘We have brought them over just for this production – we have three Cirque du Soleil performers coming over,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s something spectacular for the Gold Coast to see. We like that it’s home-grown. There’s a creative bunch here and we don’t get enough credit for it.’’
Porrett says LumiAir has been crafted by an all-female creative team.
‘‘We have worked together for so many years in showbiz and have all come together for this production,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s good to see women at the top – there are a lot of men at the top with what we do.’’
LumiAir opens under the big top at Broadwater Parklands, in Southport, on Boxing Day and plays until January 6, including two shows on New Year’s Eve formatted to coincide with the Broadwater Parklands fireworks. Visit lumiair.com.au for details
Performers from new cirque extraordinaire